ATP Atlanta: John Isner to face Ryan Harrison in title match


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ATP Atlanta: John Isner to face Ryan Harrison in title match

World number 9 and defending Atlanta champion John Isner is through to the final of his beloved tournament for the eighth time in nine years following a 6-4 6-7 6-1 triumph over the 4th seed Matthew Ebden in exactly two hours, earning his 30th win in Atlanta in 34 matches! Just like against Zverev in the quarters, John did lose a set but he saved the best for the final set to overpower Matthew and sprint towards the place in the final, the sixth in a row here.

The American had 26 aces and he saved two out of three break points to keep the pressure on the Aussie who fought well in sets one and two before fading from the court in the decider, missing a chance to enter the second ATP final.

Ebden served at only 46% (he was one from 16 in the final set!) and that brought him nothing but trouble, hitting 15 double faults and facing 14 break points. He saved 10 of those but four breaks were all that John needed to advance into his 26th ATP final.

Isner drew first blood in game three, converting the fifth break point after a double fault from Ebden to gain a 2-1 lead. Matthew created a rare chance on the return in game six but Isner saved a break point after forcing an error from his rival, bringing the game home with an ace to extend his lead to 4-2.

Serving for the set at 5-4, Isner blasted four winners to clinch the opener 6-4 in 37 minutes, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the match. Ebden saved two break points at the start of the second set but John found the way to break him at 15 in game three, moving closer and closer to the finish line.

Out of sudden, Ebden broke back in game four after a volley winner and they both served well in the rest of the set to set up a tie break. Matthew saved a match point at 5-6 with a service winner and he closed it in the 14th point following a costly double fault from Isner to escape and send the match into a decider.

It was all about Isner there, though, saving a break point in game five when he already had a nice lead and breaking Ebden already in the second game to control the scoreboard. Matthew got broken again in game six after another double fault and John sealed the deal with four service winners a few minutes later to book his place in the title match. Semi-final results:

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